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Published on 27 April 2010

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GSK Awards Celebrate Unsung Excellence in Health Care

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Ten award-winning charities will each receive GBP25,000 in recognition of their outstanding work in addressing some of the most difficult health issues and improving health care in some of the UK’s most deprived communities.

The GSK IMPACT Awards, a partnership with independent health charity The King’s Fund, celebrate the vital but often unsung contribution made by the voluntary sector to improving health care in the UK. The winners – which range from a project working with young homeless people to a service offering support to women and girls who have experienced gendered violence including childhood sexual abuse and rape – will be awarded their prizes at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London on 29 April 2010.

Now in their 13th year, the GSK IMPACT Awards have provided over GBP2.8 million of funding to over 260 charities since they were established in 1997. The contribution made by the voluntary sector has grown
over this period to the extent that it now provides GBP4.7 billion of NHS services specialising in areas such as long term conditions, preventative, health care and working with hard to reach communities. As the NHS enters a
very challenging period, with spending set to be frozen in real terms for the foreseeable future, the awards provide a crucial source of funding for charities providing vital services and build capacity for tackling the health problems that blight many of the UK’s most socially excluded groups and deprived communities.

As well as receiving GBP25,000, the ten winners will attend a five day development programme hosted by The King’s Fund which provides training, development and networking opportunities for voluntary sector
organisations working in health care. The programme aims to equip participating organisations with the skills to consolidate and extend their successful work, including working with Primary Care Trusts and other health
bodies. The overall winner – which will be announced at the ceremony – will receive an additional GBP10,000. Another five highly commended organisations will each receive GBP5,000 and the opportunity to attend the development programme, with four runners-up also receiving GBP 3,000.

GSK Chairman, Sir Christopher Gent said: “The contribution of the voluntary sector cannot be over-estimated in addressing the challenging health and social issues we face across the UK. Charitable organisations need resources, money and recognition to deliver outstanding support for people living in the communities they serve. The IMPACT awards are a very important source of all three and for GSK remain an integral part of our work with communities on health and education.”

Sir Cyril Chantler, Chairman of the King’s Fund and one of the judges for the awards said: “The quality of the IMPACT Awards entrants was outstanding and they demonstrated the enormous contribution that charities make to health care in the UK. The King’s Fund is well known for its policy
analysis and leadership work, but we are also becoming increasingly involved in practical work to improve delivery of frontline health services. We are therefore delighted to work with GSK to support the vital contribution the voluntary sector makes to improving health care.”

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